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Drury, OTC, Partner Up for A+ Students

Thursday, Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College officials signed an agreement that’s designed to benefit A+ students. KSMU’s Matt Evans has more.

The rising cost of college has been a harsh reality for many high school seniors looking to continue their education. The A+ program is designed to make college more affordable for high achieving high school students.

Through the A+ program, eligible students have their tuition completely paid for at any Missouri public community college for two years. Dr. Hal Higdon is the president at OTC.

“And after those two years, most of them transfer somewhere. Well, with this new agreement, they have the opportunity to be admitted, at the same time they’re being admitted to our school, to Drury.”

Dr. Higdon says this is the first agreement of its kind in Missouri. Students who are eligible would go to OTC for their first two years and if they maintain above a B average each semester and graduate with an associate’s degree they would seamlessly transfer to Drury. Drury will also make available several $5,000 scholarships for which only A+ pre-admitted students are eligible.

Another part of this agreement is that pre-admitted students to Drury would be able to take part in many of the campus activities even though they are attending classes at OTC. Todd Parnell is the president of Drury University.

“We want to get them on campus and offer them access to some of the college life: the sports, the library, things like that. And give them a feel of what it’s like to go to Drury.”

Out of the 13,000 students at OTC, 2,000 are A+ students. Those A+ students at OTC are now eligible to be pre-admitted to Drury.

For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.